If you are like me, you love a yummy chocolaty treat every once in awhile, and boy do I love almond butter cups! They are so creamy and chocolaty and just melt in your mouth. Before I went Paleo I used to be addicted to peanut butter cups. They were definitely a weakness of mine. I couldn’t stop until I ate almost the whole bag. I paid for that with skyrocketing blood sugar soars up into the 400’s mg/dl. I would feel so sick and be so sleepy I would be in bed the rest of the day trying to recover. High blood sugar is so hard on our bodies, read more here
Well, I finally found a solution– My Gotta Chop Paleo Almond Butter Cups!. Eating a Paleo diet has definitely saved my life, and probably my FEET. Being diabetic, nerve damage and poor blood circulation from high blood sugar is one of the reasons so many diabetics loose their feet and legs. I don’t want to be one of those people, so I decided to take control of my life again and start eating a clean healthy diet.
The reason that I made almond butter cups instead of peanut butter cups is because peanuts are not a Paleo friendly food. Peanuts are not nuts, but they are legumes and they contain phytic acid, lectin, and aflatoxins. Also, so many people have peanut allergies and problems with digesting them.
The Gotta Chop Paleo Almond Butter Cups Recipe contains organic and more healthy ingredients than those over-processed store bought candies with all their needless chemicals and they taste great too.
Gotta Chop Paleo Almond Butter Cups Recipe
These Paleo friendly almond butter cups just contain a few simple ingredients and are easy to make. Always try to use organic ingredients when possible. Store the candies in a air-tight container in the refrigerator. They tend to melt if left out of the refrigerator for extended periods of time; and I just love chilled chocolates anyway.
- 1+ 1/4 cups chocolate chuncks Enjoy Life Chocolate chunks that are dairy, soy, and nut free
- 1-2 tbsp butter unsalted organic
- 1 tbsp almond butter heaping tbsp- makes the choc creamier
Almond butter filling
Put almond butter in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Melt butter in another bowl and then add the coconut sugar, salt, vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.
Add the butter mixture to the bowl of almond butter and mix until well blended and smooth. Set bowl aside.
In a small mixing bowl melt your chocolate chunks and butter. Stir until smooth. Now add your extra heaping tbsp of a almond butter to chocolate mixture. (This is not from your bowl of almond butter filling, but from the jar of almond butter) Mix well until smooth. Set bowl aside.
Making the candy
Add mini muffin cups to a mini muffin pan. This will help the candy to hold its shape.
Take your bowl of the melted chocolate shell mixture and using a small spoon drizzle about a tsp of the chocolate into the bottom of the cups. You can roll the cup around in your hand to coat the sides with chocolate if you want to, but I find when I add the almond butter it makes the chocolate kinda go up the sides of the cup, so I don't worry about it. But if you want to take the time and make them extra fancy you can.
Now take your bowl of almond butter filling and add a spoonful of the filling to your mini muffin cup liner. You want to fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full, leaving room for a layer of the chocolate mix on top. Take your spoon and smooth the tops of the almond butter filling.
Get your bowl of chocolate again and spoon a tsp of the chocolate on top of the almond butter filling. Smoothing out the top with your spoon.
Put your tray of candy into the freezer for about 20 minutes until the candy is firm. When the candy is firm take them out and put them into a air-tight or covered container and put them into the refrigerator to store. I always have to try one or maybe two... but after they sit in the fridge over night they are perfect. Enjoy!
If you want to make these Vegan, you could omit the butter and add coconut oil instead. The coconut oil gives them a bit of a coconut flavor, but I find that little coconut flavor to be yummy too.I hope you and your family enjoy these Gotta Chop Almond Butter Cups as much as we do. It was a rainy Saturday afternoon here and it was a fun little project for my daughter and me to do together. We had fun making them and a lot of fun eating them!